Sunday, July 3, 2016

Eden Hill

Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of.

Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, he’s sure to be a success―and prove his father wrong.

Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?

My thoughts: What a great debut novel! It certainly does not read like a first novel, since the story and characters have a depth to them that a lot of authors lack.
I enjoyed getting to know the people of Eden Hill. It's a lovely, small town set in the early 1960's, when life was just beginning to change for small towns. As a small business owner, I enjoyed Virgil's part of the story, with working in his father's business and keeping the legacy going. The taste of small town life is lovely! I like that there are a lot of characters and that each of them had back stories that made them come alive.
This is a great summer read!
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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